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Morgan Olsen

Morgan Olsen

Global Food & Drink Editor

Morgan Olsen is Time Out's global Food & Drink editor and has been with the company since 2017. She's based in Chicago – and yes, she puts ketchup on her hot dogs.

She got her start as the editor of Time Out Chicago before honing in on all things dining and drinking. Morgan works with editors around the world to celebrate restaurants, bars and the brilliant people behind them through storytelling. Her resume includes stints at Tiger Beat and BOP (really), Chicago Tribune and RedEye. She'll chat your ear off about gin cocktails and the current state of the Chicken Sandwich Wars. 

Reach her at morgan.olsen@timeout.com or connect with her on Instagram.

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The best things to do in Chicago with kids

The best things to do in Chicago with kids

When kids are restless, they get antsy, irritated and, if we're being honest, pretty overwhelming. Why not avoid boredom altogether by taking them on an adventure in Chicago? The city is packed with plenty of kid-friendly things to do, like swimming in a public pool or visiting a children's museum, and many can be experienced for free. Some of the most notable Chicago attractions are perfect for the little ones, too. So here are our favorite things to do with kids throughout the city as well as the nearby suburbs—we’re willing to bet you’ll have as much fun as the kiddos. RECOMMENDED: The best kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago

The 34 best cocktail bars in Chicago

The 34 best cocktail bars in Chicago

Whether it's a rooftop in the West Loop or a Little Village speakeasy, there's a Chicago cocktail bar for every occasion and taste. Staffed by some of the world's top bartenders, the best local cocktail bars mix drinks that you can enjoy for an upscale happy hour or a memorable date night. From the classic Manhattan and Negroni to over-the-top, tropical-inspired sippers with colorful bendy straws, there's nothing you won't find at the following spots. So when you're looking for something a bit stronger than what's on offer at Chicago breweries and wine bars, make your way to the best cocktail bars in Chicago. RECOMMENDED: Discover more of the best bars in Chicago

The best places for berry picking near Chicago

The best places for berry picking near Chicago

Fresh berries are one of the great joys of summer in the Midwest, and you can find them at farmers markets or integrated into the seasonal menus of the best restaurants in Chicago. But if you want to enjoy strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries at their absolute freshest, take a drive to a local u-pick farm and grab them right from the field. It’s one of the best kid-friendly things to do, letting little ones get a sense of how food is grown while also enjoying other farm activities, ranging from train rides to petting zoos depending on the season. Just be sure to check ahead to make sure the produce you’re looking for is still available before you head out to one of these farms for berry picking near Chicago. RECOMMENDED: The best family weekend getaways from Chicago

The 10 best afternoon tea services in Chicago

The 10 best afternoon tea services in Chicago

There's something intrinsically luxurious about afternoon tea, and Chicago's best restaurants and hotels go to great lengths to elevate the experience. If you're looking for something traditional, turn to the city's age-old tearooms and downtown hotels, where aromatic beverages are served alongside tiny sandwiches, colorful pastries and canapés. For those who crave a modern (and boozy) twist, places like LondonHouse and Bar Pendry are breathing new life into the tea-time ritual. A few of these spots are even trying bold, tea-infused cocktails for guests who want something stronger. Whatever your preference, you'll have the perfect time at the best places to go for afternoon tea and high tea in Chicago. RECOMMENDED: The best tea in Chicago

The best lunch spots in the Loop you need to try

The best lunch spots in the Loop you need to try

If the thought of lunch is the only thing that gets you through the morning, well, you’re not alone. The Loop, an unofficial epicenter of corporate professionals, has plenty of gems for suits to grab delicious midday bites. You can expect to nosh on a variety of cheap eats, including sandwiches, barbecue, dumplings and much more. There are some upscale options as well, in case you’re looking to treat yourself or conduct business over a fancy meal. There are even a few Loop bars to grab drinks for "team building" on slow Fridays or get happy hours started early. No matter what you’re in the mood for, the best lunch spots in the Loop will brighten your day. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in the Loop

The 11 best boutique hotels in Chicago

The 11 best boutique hotels in Chicago

While massive hotel chains aren't for everyone, Chicago boasts some of the best hotels, which you should totally check out. Thankfully, the Windy City has an impressive assortment of boutique properties that trade size for warm, personalized service and a huge helping of character. And these are things we certainly look for in our hotels here at Time Out. Whether it's your first time here or you're planning a cheeky staycation, these boutique hotels make a cozy backdrop when you're away from home. Our top picks range from a stylish stunner in Wicker Park to a British import crowned by one of the city’s best rooftop pools. With choices like these, you'll be packing your bags in no time. Happy vacations, people. Or maybe even a staycation? Because any excuse to stay in some of these... RECOMMENDED: The best downtown Chicago hotels in the Loop The coziest Airbnbs near Chicago this winter The most lavish Airbnbs in ChicagoThe most unique Chicago Airbnbs Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

The 16 best gourmet chocolate gift box deliveries in the USA

The 16 best gourmet chocolate gift box deliveries in the USA

Looking to send a small gift in the mail? You can’t go wrong with a box of delicious and unique chocolates. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, an anniversary, or a birthday, chocolates are like the edible version of sending flowers to show your special someone that you care. Now, when it comes to American chocolatiers, they’re taking chocolate-making to a whole new level. These top-notch brands not only craft elegant designs but also serve up some seriously amazing (and sometimes surprising) flavors using top-notch ingredients. Picture yourself biting into a smooth, shiny bonbon with rich, dark chocolate and hints of coffee, or a colorful square with a touch of BBQ or a dash of bourbon. It’s enough to make your mouth water just thinking about it. Want to sample these delicious creations? We’ve rounded up the best gourmet chocolate gift box deliveries in the US to help you find the most delicious treats. Whether you’re ordering for yourself (we totally get it) or looking for a gift, these chocolatiers are the cream of the crop in the good old United States. But a friendly warning: these little drops of happiness might just become your new addiction…  RECOMMENDED: 💐 The best cheap flower delivery services in the USA🎄 The best Christmas candy in the U.S. for sweet holiday treats🏩 The 12 most romantic hotels in the U.S. How do we know it's the best of the best? Our lists are curated by our expert writers to offer you the lowdown on the best delivery services in the US

The 30 best restaurants in Chicago you have to try in 2024

The 30 best restaurants in Chicago you have to try in 2024

The best restaurants in Chicago come in all shapes and sizes, from pizza joints and Michelin-starred heavyweights to some of the best cheap eats Chicago has to offer. The cuisines are just as varied, with every corner of the globe represented through Korean, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and Japanese fare. Whether you're a lifelong resident or simply visiting for the weekend, stuffing your face at one of these restaurants is easily among the best things to do in Chicago. This belt-busting food scene shows no signs of slowing down, so we cut to the chase and ranked our essentials—the absolute best restaurants in town. Our editors scour the city for great dishes, excellent value and insider info. We hope to provide an authentic snapshot of Chicago's ever-evolving dining experiences by updating this list constantly with the best new restaurants in the city as well as decades-old stalwarts that keep us coming back for more. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a remarkable hole in the wall: If it’s on the list, we think it’s terrific, and we bet you will, too. Many of the city's best chefs and restaurants are in Time Out Market Chicago as well, and you can scroll through the full vendor lineup at the bottom of this page.

Where to stay in Chicago to experience the best areas and places

Where to stay in Chicago to experience the best areas and places

If you're coming to Chicago, there's no shortage of places to explore—and you shouldn't limit yourself to the Loop. If you want to experience the real Chicago, head for the city's neighborhoods, where you'll find some of the most unique things to do in Chicago and many of the best restaurants in Chicago. Keep in mind that Chicago is a city with excellent public transportation, so a trip downtown to Museum Campus or "the Bean" is only a short ride away (and we won't shame you for sneaking away to try the best deep dish pizza Chicago has to offer). From eclectic dining in Logan Square to a free Mexican art museum in Pilsen, here's where to stay in Chicago when you visit. RECOMMENDED: 🏨 The best hotels in Chicago.🛏️ The best Airbnbs in Chicago.

The best outdoor restaurants and patios in Chicago right now

The best outdoor restaurants and patios in Chicago right now

Chicagoans love to make the most of the warmest months by eating outside. Some of the best restaurants in Chicago offer alfresco dining every spring and summer with outdoor seating. When the weather is pleasant, you can grab a seat on a rooftop restaurant that affords great views of the skyline or on a huge enclosed patio at one of the best pizza spots in the city. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun in a lively atmosphere or want a chill outdoor bar, you’ll have plenty of options. So check the forecast and head to one of the best outdoor restaurants in Chicago for a fun and breezy time. RECOMMENDED: Scope out the best rooftop bars in Chicago

The 18 most romantic hotels in Chicago

The 18 most romantic hotels in Chicago

No matter what gets you in the mood, Chicago's hotels are perfect for a couple's vacation or staycation (or as we like to call it: bae-cation). But which of the city's hotels are the most appropriate for a seriously loved-up time? Below are some of our faves, based on everything from jaw-dropping skyline views to lavish room features and quality dining experiences from some of the best restaurants in the city. Whether you're coming from out of town for a romantic getaway or staying close to home for something steamy, these luxurious spots are sure to satisfy—so pack your overnight bag and prepare for an evening (or more) to remember at Chicago's most romantic hotels. Alexa: dim the lights. Updated April 2024: Because we believe is spreading the love all year round, we've added two new hotels to encourage you to take more than one romantic getaway before the year's end – and they include one of the best Virgin Hotels we've ever seen.  RECOMMENDED: The best spa hotels in Chicago Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The 13 best secluded Airbnbs near Chicago

The 13 best secluded Airbnbs near Chicago

Traveling to big, bustling cities can be wonderfully exciting, but when you need a break to reset, reflect and recuperate, consider booking a trip that takes you off the grid. These secluded Airbnbs near Chicago do just that, offering land to roam, lakes in which to swim, and cozy nooks built for reading the day away. And because they're located within driving distance of the city, all of the locales on this list make ideal weekend getaways—no flight necessary, so no jet lag! Book a beautifully modern cabin tucked away in the woods or glamp it up in a yurt beside a peaceful, private lake. Some of these hidden homes even offer easy access to the most scenic hiking trails near Chicago. Pack a few books and board games and don't forget to load up on groceries—these secluded Airbnbs provide the perfect backdrop for a restful getaway. Now sit back and relax… Updated in April 2024: We love to keep an eye out for even more cozy hidden gems near Chicago than the ones initially added to our curated list – it's kind of our specialty. This time we did some real digging and we found this beautiful Geneva rental, perfect for your next family vay-cay, or this rustic cottage near Lake Michigan. RECOMMENDED: 🚣‍♀️Lakefront Airbnbs you can rent near Chicago Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, amenities and in-depth research to find you the best

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Pizza Friendly Pizza

Pizza Friendly Pizza

Inhabiting the former Bite Cafe space, Pizza Friendly Pizza is a scrappy and hopeful collaboration between friends Noah Sandoval (Oriole, Kumiko, Kikko) and Bruce Finkelman, the managing partner of 16" on Center (Empty Bottle, Bite Cafe). Like its name suggests, the star of the menu is pizza—more specifically, thick Sicilian-style 'za available by the slice or the whole pie. There are four varieties to choose from, including pepperoni and basil with aged parmesan as well as mushroom and Calabrian chili with burrata. Fine-dining chef Sandoval says he worked tirelessly on the winning recipe, which requires a four- to five-day cold ferment and a 12-hour rise time in the pan. He phoned in pizza expertise from around the globe to get it just right, never settling on a subpar bake. "I talked to some people who hooked me up with some other people, and it finally came down to this guy named John Arena in Las Vegas (World Pizza Champions), and he's been virtually mentoring me for about a month now," Sandoval says. The final product is decidedly Sicilian, which sports a thick and bubbly crust that's anchored by crispy, caramelized edges. "It looks like it's going to be this Chicago deep-dish, gut-bomb thing, but it's much more like a lightly cooked English muffin," Sandoval says.

Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

After outgrowing its Pilsen digs, Moody Tongue moved west to a sprawling, 28,600-square-foot space, giving the brewery more room to play. Housed inside the new headquarters is an on-site brewery and production facility as well as two unique dining experiences helmed by executive chef Jared Wentworth. Guests can choose to feast on a 12-course tasting menu in the upscale Dining Room or have a more casual experience in the Bar, where dishes are offered à la carte. Of course, Brewmaster Jared Rouben’s food-friendly beers will runneth over in both spaces, with popular pours like Sliced Nectarine IPA and Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison, as well as more experimental brews like the Scotch Barrel Aged Peated Scotch Ale.

HaiSous

HaiSous

Chef Thai Dang and co-owner Danielle Dang's love letter to Vietnamese cooking showcases rich flavors and overlooked dishes. No matter how familiar you may be with Vietnamese cuisine, there's a good chance that something on HaiSous's menu will surprise you. Stick to standards like crispy wings covered in caramelized fish sauce or branch out by trying an octopus salad with eggplant confit. If you prefer a guided dining experience, order one of the tasting menus served family-style. The following review was published in 2019. Embeya vets Thai and Danielle Dang bring authentic Vietnamese flavors to Pilsen—and the results are stunning. In Chicago, fusion food is arguably easier to come by than authentic ethnic cuisine. That’s not to say that cross-cultural fare is a bad idea; Kimski, Mott Street and En Hakkore are examples of top-notch spots seamlessly blending traditions. But in some ways, creating something authentic seems like the harder feat. That might explain my high hopes for HaiSous, a new restaurant in Pilsen from Embeya vets Thai and Danielle Dang. The tagline promises “a true Vietnamese kitchen preserving heritage through food,” something most Chicagoans haven’t experienced south of Montrose Avenue (aside from the smattering of pho and banh mi spots downtown). Guests can choose from a $33 tasting or the a la carte dinner menu; my date and I went with the latter, which didn’t disappoint. Divided into five sections, the dinner menu offers “for fun” salads, drinking food,

Lazy Bird

Lazy Bird

5 out of 5 stars

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Cheers theme song and the idea of a place “where everybody knows your name.” The thing is, on nights when I can sneak away and splurge on a round of craft cocktails, I seek out places where no one knows my name. It’s not that I’m anti-social—more than anything, it’s about reveling in quality time with close friends. Lazy Bird, the bar in the basement of the Hoxton hotel helmed by Lee Zaremba, ticks all the right boxes for that kind of night out. The space is so dimly lit that you can barely see across the room, and seating is configured in a way that gives each party a sense of privacy—even if you are seated two feet away from the next table. And don’t plan on checking your email or Instagram feed while you’re here; the subterranean space is a black hole for cell service. Those qualities alone make Lazy Bird a solid watering hole. But when you toss in Zaremba’s pièce de résistance of a menu—a whopping 52 classic cocktails that have been refined and perfected—this place easily enters Best New Bar of 2019 territory. Just as my date and I snagged seats along the wall opposite the bar, our server presented us with a beautiful book of tipples to choose from—each accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations from Kate Dehler and bite-sized descriptions penned by Zaremba. When we asked for a second menu so that we could browse simultaneously, our server told us that there weren’t enough to go around. As soon as we ordered our first sips—an Aviation for m

Bad Hunter

Bad Hunter

4 out of 5 stars

I’m sure there’s a cliché analogy to be made comparing Bad Hunter’s return to Restaurant Row to a phoenix rising from the ashes of a grease fire. And it wouldn’t be inaccurate: The veggie-focused spot from Heisler Hospitality recently reopened after a fire broke out in its kitchen in late 2018, leaving the restaurant in a state of limbo for seven long months. Still, the phoenix feels a bit understated compared to what’s coming out of the newly revamped kitchen at Bad Hunter. “The format of the menu hasn’t changed, but everything on it has,” our server advised as soon as we settled in. Though there’s still plenty for vegetarians to love, executive chef Dan Snowden is showing carnivores some attention with meat-dominated large plates, like the perfectly charred Snake River Ivory trout, which was served whole and accompanied by snappy bits of asparagus and dill crema, and the adobo-roasted half chicken presented over farro and accented with caramelized onion labneh. But true to its name, Bad Hunter still shines a massive spotlight on vegetarian- and vegan-friendly fare, and Snowden has turned the volume all the way up on the creative possibilities. A generous helping of burrata was accompanied by slices of potato and strawberry, chili crisps, bits of garlic and dill—a flavor combination so insanely confounding that it works. A delightfully refreshing heirloom tomato and watermelon salad sat atop a purée of black shallot feta and was showered with corn husk ash, again pairing swe

Moxy NYC Chelsea

Moxy NYC Chelsea

4 out of 5 stars

The Moxy Hotels’ newest outpost in Chelsea isn’t a regular hotel—it’s a cool hotel. The check-in desks float on swings tethered to the ceiling. Guests are given tokens for complimentary pours of prosecco. The entrance hosts an overgrown flower shop from Putnam & Putnam (they’re responsible for the blooms at Gwyneth Paltrow’s wedding). The bar is highly Instagrammable, with jewel-toned furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and a statement-making plant wall. The in-room showers are tiled with phrases like “some regrets” and “wild thing.” This hotel is designed for savvy millennial travelers and boasts a price tag to match, with rates starting at $159 per night. Despite all of its cheeky touches, the Moxy’s 349 guest quarters are wildly practical. All of the non-suite accommodations are under 200 square feet, with just enough room to sleep, wash up and get comfortable. There are no closets or fluffy robes, but each room is equipped with under-the-bed storage, bedside USB ports, TVs that connect to Netflix and a walk-in rain shower—everything you need for a long weekend in New York. The bulldog-shaped beer opener and funky, lava-stone sinks don’t hurt, either. When hunger strikes, you won’t have to go far to find something to eat: The 35-story building houses five bars and restaurants, including Feroce Ristorante with modern Italian fare and rooftop lounge The Fleur Room, which offers stellar views of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. But because this is New York

Mini Mott

Mini Mott

Only in Chicago could a restaurant’s burger be so popular that it deserves its own dedicated storefront—and thank God for that. The story of Mini Mott’s signature dish started in 2016, when the burger at its parent restaurant, Mott St, was recognized as one of the best in the nation. At the time, the patty was only available at the Asian restaurant’s tiny bar, making it a hot-ticket item for guests and a pain in the ass for management. Opening a separate spinoff burger hub made total sense, and Mott St debuted Mini Mott in 2018. These days, you can still order the fabled burger at the original Noble Square location, but you’re much better off heading north to Logan Square, where Mini Mott’s fast-casual menu revolves around the creation. As evidenced by a recent Friday night visit, the masses have caught on, too. At Mini Mott, diners can choose from the Original (two patties), the Mini (one patty) or the Veg (with jackfruit carnitas), all of which are layered with melty American cheese, hoisin aioli, pickled jalapeños, pickles, miso butter, sautéed onions and a cloud of sweet potato frizzles. Don’t make a single adjustment or substitution and you’ll experience the symphony of tastes and textures that established this burger as one of the best in the country. Your fingers will be coated with umami flavors by the time it’s all over, and you’ll hardly notice yourself licking them clean. Of course, chef Edward Kim and partners Jennifer and Victoria Kim have never been ones to rest

Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits

Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits

5 out of 5 stars

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits poses some downright tough dilemmas: Pie or biscuits? Key lime or mint-chocolate? Candied bacon or braised greens? The good news is, if you visit often enough, you'll be able to try it all. Other Chicagoans know this, too, as evidenced by the line that often stretches out the front door on warm summer days. Whether you visit the Logan Square or Ravenswood outpost, there are usually six pies on the menu every day. The flavors rotate regularly, offering a taste of seasonal produce and funky flavor combinations concocted for special holidays. Come summer, diners might be able to grab a slice of lemon pie with tangy lemon cream, frothy lemon mousse and lip-smacking lemon curd. In the winter months, keep an eye out for more indulgent creations, like the chocolate-caramel pie with shortbread cookie crust. Key lime is available all year for good reason—it's an excellent example of what the little shop can do. Citrusy custard pools in a graham cracker crust before being topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. It's spectacularly simple yet inexplicably divine. The biscuit menu is a bit more complex, with biscuit sandwiches, biscuits drowning in gravy and biscuits piled with eggs and candied bacon, among other iterations. First-timers will delight in the Scratch variety, which is served with seasonal butter and jam, allowing the dense but fluffy pastry to really shine. But that shouldn't keep you from ordering the avocado biscuit, which is topped with pic

Oui Chef

Oui Chef

At this Lincoln Park kids' cooking school, the curriculum revolves around allowing minichefs to complete simple recipes alongside an adult, ideal for bringing those new skills home. They offer camps and individual classes for youngsters. 

Lo Rez Brewery & Taproom

Lo Rez Brewery & Taproom

3 out of 5 stars

Pilsen has collected its fair share of breweries over the last five years, with each newcomer offering a wildly different vibe. The folks behind Lo Rez Brewing have managed to re-create the simple pleasure of drinking at home inside a funky, no-fuss warehouse space. Avoiding the hops hype, the brewers here offer a short list of draft options on overhead chalkboards, plus a fridge of to-go bottles in the back. The Local Logic pilsner and Keeper Quencher Summer Saison were top picks from our visit. Stout fans will love the Public Declaration with notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon and roasted malt. It's worth noting that just like sipping brews in your parents' basement, no one here is waiting on you hand and foot. My date and I waited 15 minutes before a server approached us at the bar. For a laid-back, nowhere-to-be kind of Friday night, we weren't terribly annoyed.  Also noteworthy: You can order packaged cheese and beef jerky (both of which are surprisingly good) at the bar or bring your own food. Tables around us packed everything from Tupperware-clad picnics to goodies from nearby taquerias. Low Rez's new Pilsen taproom might not be the most glamorous opening of the year, but it has the low-key cool vibe down pat, making it worth a trip in my book.  Vitals Atmosphere: The ginormous warehouse space leaves plenty of room to mix and mingle. Did we mention it's dog-friendly? Because it is.  What to eat: BYO snacks or order cheese and jerky at the bar.  What to drink: Start w

Otto Mezzo

Otto Mezzo

4 out of 5 stars

Chicago has no shortage of fantastic Italian restaurants, but the bar scene has some catching up to do. Sure, most watering holes have a spritz or negroni on the menu, but I’m talking about a different level of commitment—one that immerses its clientele. Enter Otto Mezzo. The Italian-inspired concept from Rockit Ranch Productions is helmed by Brandon Phillips (The Drawing Room, Bottlefork) and opened earlier this year in the former Ay Chiwowa space in River North. Otto Mezzo unlocks its doors at 5pm Friday and Saturday, so it’s not your bright, airy Euro café-style hangout. The room, which is outfitted with art deco accents galore, is dark and moody; it’s the kind of place where you can exchange glances and have soft-spoken conversations. More importantly, though, it holds rare Italian liqueurs, 90 different bitters, an enormous collection of grappa and drafts from Italian craft brewers you can’t find anywhere else in Chicago. The cocktail menu offers a phenomenal negroni, but I’d urge you to delve deeper and put some trust in your server. After all, you could spend the entire night Googling cochineal (a dye that comes from pulverized bugs), Vecchia Romagna Etichetta Nera (brandy from Emilia-Romagna, Italy), Bepi Tosolini Fragola (strawberry liqueur) and other words that appear on the menu. The Biscotti Sour is a good place to start. Crafted with biscotti-flavored liqueur, grappa and egg white, this creamy, sweet concoction is as satisfying as cookies straight from your gran

Proxi

Proxi

5 out of 5 stars

Be forewarned: A trip to Proxi will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. It’s not that the menu is lacking; on the contrary, it’s rife with so many tough decisions that you’ll have to book a second visit to try it all. Tempura elotes or roasted baby potato carbonara? Baby octopus or raw tuna? BBQ lamb ribs or Wagyu sirloin? It’s not for the indecisive, but Proxi has officially landed on my short list of restaurants I’d gladly frequent every weekend if I could. The magic starts as soon as you walk through the massive doors off Randolph Street (Proxi is located next to its sister restaurant, Sepia, and down the street from Avec and Blackbird) and into the sun-drenched, tile-adorned bar. My date and I arrived early and grabbed seats at the bar for a round of cocktails. I was immediately enamored with the Don’t Chouette It, a play on an Aperol Spritz with blood orange juice and champagne ice cubes (really); the bright orange concoction evolved as I sipped, making it both dynamic and delicious. The bold but sweet Josper O.F., on the other hand, was the perfect transition into dinner, with Japanese whiskey, roasted demerara, Thai bitters and barbecue smoke. Back to those tough decisions. Chef Andrew Zimmerman’s menu is divided into three sections—veggies, fish and land-cruising meat—and your server will advise you to dabble in each. You can’t walk out of Proxi without trying the tempura elotes, clusters of perfectly fried sweet corn with chives, chili, lime, parmesan and a mayo driz

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ラスベガスのリゾートがピカソの11作品をオークション

ラスベガスのリゾートがピカソの11作品をオークション

ラスベガスに本社を置くMGMリゾーツは、同社が所有するパブロ・ピカソの作品11点を、サザビーズと協力してオークションで売却することになった。オークションは、ピカソの140歳の誕生日に合わせ、2021年10月23日(土)にラスベガスで開催される。 今回出品される作品の多くは、MGMリゾーツが運営するベラージオにあるスペインやフランスの郷土料理を提供するレストラン、ピカソに展示されていたもの。オークションに向けて、作品はニューヨークと台北、香港を巡回。その後ラスベガスへ戻り、10月21日(木)から23日(土)まで、ベラージオ・ギャラリー・オブ・ファイン・アートにおいて入場料無料で一般公開される。 MGMリゾーツがピカソの作品を手放す理由は、「公共的な空間で利用してきた美術作品コレクションを見直し、より多様性と包括性を深めるため」。同社のチーフホスピタリティオフィサーであるアリ・カストラティは、その背景について次のように説明している。 「私たちは、毎年世界中から何百万人ものお客さまをリゾートにお迎えしており、芸術界の多様な視点を紹介するための素晴らしい機会を得ています。多様性は以前から我が社のDNAに組み込まれていますが、幅広さを維持しつつ、あまり注目されないコミュニティーのアーティストの声をもっと届けるために、今後はさらに包括性の高いコレクションを作ることを目指します」 競売にかけられる11点の作品のうち、最も注目されているのは、『Femme au béret rouge-orange』。これはピカソのミューズであるマリー=テレーズ・ワルテルの肖像画で、2,000万〜3,000万ドル(約22億7,250万〜34億876万円)の値がつくと予想されている。最も安価なのはテラコッタ製の髭を生やした男性頭部の像で、5万~7万ドル(約568万〜795万円)の値がつく見込み。部屋に飾る新しいアートを探しているのであれば、この「掘り出し物」の落札を狙ってみてはどうだろうか。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『ラスベガスにシンガポールの屋台村風フードホールがオープン』 『アメリカのフーディー都市ランキング、2021年のトップはポートランド』 『東京、アートが楽しめるカフェ8選』 『ヨックモックミュージアムが南青山にオープン、ピカソの陶芸など公開』 『SDGsとアートの未来とは、南條史生が語る』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

Yelp’s new wallpaper line features your favorite local restaurants

Yelp’s new wallpaper line features your favorite local restaurants

Over the past year and a half, we've accumulated a lot of restaurant merch – from T-shirts and tote bags to hats and prints – all in the name of supporting local businesses. Want to take your love to the next level? Wallpaper your apartment in it! Review platform Yelp is teaming up with home decor brand Chasing Paper on a new line of wallpapers that are splashed with playful illustrations of beloved local institutions. The collaboration includes three prints: NYC, Austin and San Francisco. Each city print is emblazoned with 12 different local businesses, most of which are restaurants. In addition to being really cute (thanks to illustrator Amanda Giuffre's sweet doodles), the wallpaper is a feel-good investment. Ten percent of proceeds from each panel sold will be donated to nonprofits in each city that are committed to helping small businesses, including La Cocina in San Francisco and Hot Bread Kitchen in NYC. Here's a rundown of what small businesses are featured on each print – available now on Chasing Paper. New York City: Amy Ruth's, Bobo, Books are Magic, Dead Rabbit, Di Fara Pizza, Freeman’s, Jim's Shoe Repair, Los Tacos No 1, NY Dosas, Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, Ruby’s, The Meatball Shop San Francisco: Comstock Saloon, Green Apple Books, House of Prime Rib, Liholiho Yacht Club, Marufuku Ramen, Oasis, Shizen, Souvla, Suppenkuche, The Beehive, Zazie, Zuni Austin: Bird Bird Biscuit, Granny's Tacos, Home Slice Pizza, la Barbecue, Lick Ice Cream, Mozart’s, Paramount Theater,

アメリカのフーディー都市ランキング、2021年のトップはポートランド

アメリカのフーディー都市ランキング、2021年のトップはポートランド

アメリカの個人向け金融サイトであるWalletHubは、フーディー(「食通」「グルメな人」などの意)が魅力的に感じるアメリカの都市を順位付けした「アメリカのフーディー都市ランキング 2021」を発表した。 ランキング作成のベースととなった調査では、評価軸としてグローサリー(食料品)のコスト、1人当たりのファーマーズマーケットやレストランの数、ミシュランの星付きレストランの有無など29項目を設定。100点満点で182の都市を評価した。 フーディーというと豪華な料理を好むイメージもあるが、この調査では価格の手頃さ、多様性、アクセスのしやすさなどを重視。「フーディー」という言葉が、「インクルーシブ」のニュアンスを含んで解釈されるようになっていることがうかがえる。 ランキング1位に選ばれたのは、70.77点を獲得したオレゴン州ポートランド。WalletHubは同都市が優れている理由として、アクセスの良さ、高級レストランの手頃な価格、豊富なフードトラックシーン、ビール醸造所の多さを挙げた。 また10位までにオーランド、マイアミ、タンパとフロリダ州の3都市が入っているのも注目するべき点といえる。ランキングは以下の通り。アメリカではどんな都市が「おいしい」のか見てみよう。 アメリカのフーディー都市ランキング 2021(WalletHub) 1. ポートランド(オレゴン州)2. オーランド(フロリダ州)3. マイアミ(フロリダ州)4. サンフランシスコ(カリフォルニア州)5. オースティン(テキサス州)6. サクラメント(カリフォルニア州)7. デンバー(コロラド州)8. ラスベガス(ネバダ州)9. シアトル(ワシントン州)10. タンパ(フロリダ州) 原文はこちら 関連記事 『ミシュランガイド掲載の高級料理を最も手頃に楽しめるのはバンコク』 『世界中の美食家に愛されるレストラン、エルカノのチーズアイスが初上陸』 『2021年、日本初上陸の名店グルメ7選』 『広尾で10カ国グルメ巡り、おすすめ海外料理レストラン』 『第3回:映画からSDGs「食品ロス」問題を考える』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

Here are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2021

Here are the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2021

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the World's 50 Best Restaurants list is back with picks for 2021. The notoriously high-end ranking has long faced criticism for its penchant for Eurocentrism and its habit of favoring expensive, male-dominated restaurants. This year's list offers a handful of surprises, but it's mostly business as usual – including the No. 1 pick. René Redzepi’s three-Michelin-starred Noma takes the first-place spot, marking the fifth time the Copenhagen restaurant has topped the list. If you follow the World's 50 Best Restaurants list annually, you might remember that back in 2019, organizers announced that previous No. 1 winners would be ineligible for future nomination, a move that was supposed to promote diversity. So how'd Noma skirt the rules? The judges behind the ranking note that Noma's new location and rotating tasting menu warranted a fresh look. Like previous years, the list is largely dominated by European and North American restaurants with fewer picks from Asia, South America and Russia. The 2021 lineup does not include any entries from the Middle East, and only one spot on the list is located in Africa (No. 50, Wolfgat in Paternoster). Eater reports that just four of the top 50 spots are run by women chefs. Take a look at the full list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants below: 1. Noma in Copenhagen 2. Geranium in Copenhagen 3. Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain 4. Central in Lima, Peru 5. Disfrutar in Barcelona 6. Frantzén in Stockh

These are officially the 10 best foodie cities in America

These are officially the 10 best foodie cities in America

The term 'foodie' means different things to different people. For some, it conjures images of diners obsessed with all things gourmet – the kind of people who feast at Michelin-starred restaurants on the regular. For others, it might translate to something more laid-back, like a trusted friend who stays on top of the best new restaurants in town. A new study from personal finance website WalletHub proposes a bit of both. The site's 2021 list of the best foodie cities in America focuses more on affordability, diversity and accessibility than fancy-pants gastronomy. They evaluated 182 cities on a 100-point scale that includes 29 metrics like cost of groceries, farmers markets per capita, restaurants per capita, restaurant diversity and presence of Michelin-starred restaurants. In this sense, the term 'foodie' takes on a new and more inclusive meaning. Source: WalletHub So, which city took the top spot? Scoring 70.77 of the possible 100 points, top honors go to Portland, Oregon. WalletHub notes that Portland excelled thanks to overall accessibility, affordability of high-end restaurants, a rich food truck scene and an ample supply of breweries. Florida scored big on the study with three cities – Orlando, Miami and Tampa – making the top 10. Take a look at the highest-ranking cities below, and cruise the full list for even more delicious destinations. 1. Portland, Oregon 2. Orlando 3. Miami 4. San Francisco 5. Austin 6. Sacramento 7. Denver 8. Las Vegas 9. Seattle 10. Tampa Sti

This Las Vegas restaurant is auctioning off 11 Picasso masterpieces

This Las Vegas restaurant is auctioning off 11 Picasso masterpieces

Looking for some new art for your apartment? Well, this probably isn't the right place, but a girl can dream. Later this month, MGM Resorts in Las Vegas is teaming up with the auction experts at Sotheby's to sell off 11 of its works by Pablo Picasso. The auction – which coincides with the artist's 140th birthday – will take place live in Vegas on Saturday, October 23. Many of the available pieces previously hung in the aptly named Picasso restaurant in the Bellagio, a fine-dining destination that dishes out regional cuisines from Spain and France. Leading up to the auction, the pieces have been traveling the globe – stopping first in New York and Taipei. They'll be displayed in Hong Kong from October 7–11 before returning to Las Vegas to be featured in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art from October 21–23. All exhibitions are open to the public and free to attend. Why is the hotel offloading the art? The resort says it's reshaping 'its public fine art portfolio, deepening its focus on diversity and inclusion.' 'We welcome millions of visitors from around the world annually throughout our resorts, giving us a tremendous platform for showcasing diverse perspectives within the art community,' says MGM's chief hospitality officer Ari Kastrati. 'While diversity has long been in MGM Resorts’ DNA, we are committed to creating an even more inclusive collection that maintains the breadth of our existing portfolio while giving a greater voice to artists from under-represented communities

Delta’s new in-flight drink menu makes us want to book a trip

Delta’s new in-flight drink menu makes us want to book a trip

We don't typically spend too much time poring over airline menus – a soda and a bag of pretzels gets us from point A to point B without complaint. But earlier today, Delta Air Lines dropped a new drink lineup that has us considering an upgrade. The carrier is adding seven new boozy beverages to its in-flight lineup starting in October – including a cookie porter beer, a mini canned Negroni and sparkling rosé. That's a pretty massive upgrade from whiskey-soda, eh? Here's a quick rundown of the new menu items: Breckenridge Brewery Cookie Porter beer Une Femme ‘The Callie’ California sparkling rosé Tip Top Proper Cocktails Negroni Terrapin Beer Company Hopsecutioner IPA Vizzy Hard Seltzer Pineapple Mango WhistlePig Orange Fashioned cocktail kit Du Nord vodka In the same breath, Delta notes that it's making 'supplier diversity a priority' – which includes everything from technology software and aircraft engine parts to its latest in-flight beverage offerings. Du Nord is the US's first Black-owned distillery, and Une Femme is a 100 percent women-powered wine producer. The airline has also been sourcing vino from Black-owned winery Brown Estate since 2019. Fancy a beer instead? Choose from Terrapin's citrus-forward Hopsecutioner IPA or drink your dessert with Breckenridge Brewery's Cookie Porter. Plus, we can say from personal experience that Tip Top's canned Negroni is supremely delicious. Not ready to fly just yet? Check out the most incredible train journeys around the world

Here’s how to get a free cup of coffee from Starbucks today

Here’s how to get a free cup of coffee from Starbucks today

The coffee gods are looking out for us today. In honor of National Coffee Day and in celebration of its 50th anniversary, Starbucks locations across the US and Canada are pouring free cups of coffee on Wednesday, September 29. Before you run out the door, there are a few things you should know about this freebie. First, and perhaps most importantly, you'll need to bring your own cup – and it should be clean, empty and reusable (up to 20 ounces). It's also worth noting that the deal is only good on Pike Place roast brewed coffee, so don't expect to waltz in and get a gratis PSL. Fun fact: Pike Place was first introduced back in 2008 and was crafted using input from almost 1,000 customers over 1,500 hours. No wonder it's a classic. The party doesn't stop there. Right now, select stores in Asia-Pacific markets are dishing out free limited-edition reusable cups with the purchase of a beverage. And customers in Japan will enjoy a discount of 110 yen when they bring in a reusable cup on Friday, October 1. Also on Friday, stores in Europe and the Middle East will offer free pours of Autumn Blend to customers who bring in a reusable cup. Need a refill? Dunkin' is pouring free cups of joe today, too, in honor of National Coffee Day.

Everyone gets a free cup of coffee from Dunkin’ today

Everyone gets a free cup of coffee from Dunkin’ today

Good morning and happy National Coffee Day. Can we get you a free cup of joe to start your day? If you're nodding your head from bed, stop hitting the snooze button: Dunkin' locations across the US are celebrating the food holiday by pouring gratis coffee all day long. What do you have to do to cash in on a free medium cup of hot or iced java? There are some strings attached, so listen up. First, you'll need to make sure you're a DD Perks member – it's free to sign up and it only takes a few seconds to enter your information. (Plus, you get a complimentary drink for every $40 spent moving forward.) You'll also need to make a purchase to redeem your free cup of coffee, but that's not terribly hard at Dunkin'. Toss in your favorite doughnut, a bagel or a bag of Snackin' Bacon (yes, that's a real menu item). Guests can select from Dunkin's original blend, limited-batch coffees, 100% Guatemalan hot coffee or Midnight hot coffee. Nitro cold brew and cold brew drinks are off limits for this promotion. If this isn't reason to rise and shine, we don't know what it is. Act fast – Dunkin's one-day deal will disappear faster than a cup of coffee on a Wednesday morning.

Eminem is opening a restaurant called Mom’s Spaghetti in Detroit

Eminem is opening a restaurant called Mom’s Spaghetti in Detroit

These days, it seems like just about every celebrity has a ghost kitchen, liquor label or cookie brand. Heck, why not all three? But here's one that caught our attention this week: Rapper Eminem is opening a restaurant called Mom's Spaghetti in Detroit tomorrow. The name is a hilarious nod to the intro of Eminem's 2002 megahit 'Lose Yourself.' You remember the one: 'His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti.' Alright, so maybe it's not the most appetizing reference for a restaurant name – but what did you expect from the infamously explicit lyricist? The concept got its start as a pop-up restaurant back in 2017 and was recently revived as a charitable cause that passed out free pasta meals to healthcare workers in 2020. Now, thanks to Detroit-based Union Joints restaurant group, the eatery will go brick-and-mortar. Eminem's people have confirmed that he's very much involved and on board with the noodle concept – and he even took to Twitter to share the news. Yes, this commercial is real – and yes, it really is running on local stations in Detroit. Moms spaghetti it’s alllllll ready Detroit! Come thru Wednesday 🍝 info on the site - https://t.co/b49UQxAhnx pic.twitter.com/PsXgPqNXY2 — Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) September 28, 2021 Opening on Wednesday, September 29, Mom's Spaghetti will operate out of Union Assembly restaurant in downtown Detroit at 2131 Woodward Ave. According to local reporting from The Detroit

ミシュランガイド掲載の高級料理を最も手頃に楽しめるのはバンコク

ミシュランガイド掲載の高級料理を最も手頃に楽しめるのはバンコク

初めて訪れた街で、高級レストランでの食事を楽しもうと思ったら、まず最初に見るのは、世界で最も優れたレストランに「星」を与えているミシュランガイドではないだろうか。同ガイドに掲載されている二つ星、三つ星レストランでの食事は、1人当たり数百ドル(数万円)かかることが多く、一生に一度の体験になる人もいるだろう。 しかしそうした高級レストランのメニューの価格が、都市によって差があるのも事実だろう。では、どの都市で食べるのが一番「得」だろうか。それを知るには、オーストラリアのグルメ情報サイト、Chef's Pencilが最近行った調査結果が参考になる。 Chef's Pencilは、ミシュランガイドで二つ星また三つ星を獲得している世界中の450のレストランの利用料金を分析。その結果、平均して1人当たり276ドル(約3万円)かかることが分かった。 Chef's Pencilでは、分析データをもとにランキングを作成。ミシュランニつ星レストランの平均的なテイスティングメニューが173ドル(約1万9,000円)であるタイのバンコクが、世界の中でトップレベルのレストランで食事を楽しむのに最も手頃な都市となった。現在バンコクに三つ星のレストランがないことが、ランキングに貢献したようだ。 2位になったのはフランスのリヨン。フランスの中でも最もレストランが集中しているとされている街だ。3位には韓国のソウルが入った。4位以降のランキングとメニューの平均価格は以下の通り。 ミシュランガイド掲載店、高級料理の価格が最も手頃な都市ランキング2021(Chef's Pencil社)※数値はメニューの平均価格 1.バンコク(タイ)173ドル 2.リヨン(フランス)203ドル3. ソウル(韓国)213ドル4. ロッテルダム(オランダ)216ドル5. バルセロナ(スペイン)224ドル6. ウィーン(オーストリア)225ドル7. マドリード(スペイン)228ドル8. 台北(台湾)232ドル9. ハンブルク(ドイツ)240ドル10.マカオ(中国)248ドル 一方、もしあなたがレストタンで大金をはたいてみたいと思っているなら、これとは逆のランキングが気になるだろう。同調査によると、一流のミシュラン料理を食べるのに最も高い都市は、三つ星レストランのNoma、Geraniumがあるコペンハーゲン(デンマーク)だった。テイスティングメニューの平均価格は1人当たり448ドル(約4万9,500円)。2位には中国の上海、3位には日本の京都が入った。4位以降は次の通りだ。 ミシュランガイド掲載店、高級料理の価格が最も高い都市ランキング2021(Chef's Pencil社)※数値はメニューの平均価格 1.コペンハーゲン(デンマーク)448ドル2.上海(中国)406ドル3.京都(日本)401ドル4.シンガポール 364ドル5.パリ(フランス)358ドル6.ストックホルム(スウェーデン)335ドル7.香港(中国)324ドル8.アムステルダム(オランダ)320ドル9.ニューヨーク(アメリカ)309ドル9. ミラノ(イタリア)309ドル 原文はこちら 関連記事 『東京で楽しむ、手頃価格のミシュランレストラン』 『ミシュランガイド シンガポール2021が発表』 『ミシュランガイドがグリーンクローバーのシンボルを新たに追加』 『ミシュランガイド掲載店のテイクアウト6選』 『第4回:東京のミシュランシェフが闘う食品ロスとSDGs』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら  

Plant-based pork is here – but good luck finding it

Plant-based pork is here – but good luck finding it

Move over, plant-based burgers – a new meatless meat product is here to trick your taste buds. Earlier today, Impossible Foods announced the launch of its first-ever plant-based pork product, which is available exclusively at chef David Chang's Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York City until it arrives at more than 100 restaurants in Hong Kong next month. Like the brand's other meat-free creations, Impossible Pork is designed to be a tasty, more sustainable replacement for its animal-derived counterpart. The product uses 81–85% less water, and 66–82% less land than ground pork from pigs, resulting in 73–77% less greenhouse gas emissions. So, what's it taste like? Impossible says the pork has 'mild savory flavor and balanced umami richness without being gamey or overpowering.' In a 200-person blind taste test hosted in Hong Kong, the brand reported that 54% of participants preferred the plant-based pork to pork from pigs. The gluten-free ground 'meat' also boasts a more impressive nutritional label – with 37% fewer calories and 59% less total fat. But unlike Impossible's Burger and Sausage products, which are both available in grocery stores and online, Impossible Pork is only being served in select restaurants during its launch. In the US, curious diners will be able to try the meatless alternative at Momofuku Ssäm Bar in NYC, where Chang will use it in a pork ragu that's served over rice cakes. Come October 4, Impossible Pork will start appearing on menus in Hong Kong, including at